Where Science and Faith Converge
  • How Christianity Shaped Western Civilization

    April 27, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    If someone asked you to name the single most important influence in the formation of Western civilization, would Christianity come to mind? In the current cultural climate, Christianity’s positive contribution toward history is grossly underestimated or even ignored.1 The result is a populace disturbingly, and maybe even dangerously, ignorant of its own cultural heritage.

    • Blogs
  • What Is Biblical Inerrancy? (Part 2)

    April 20, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I came across an article by New Testament scholar Craig A. Evans in which he described an all-or-nothing approach to biblical interpretation. Christian fundamentalists, as Evans put it, tend to either say or imply that “Jesus spoke every word, performed every deed—and he did them in the locations and sequences described in the gospels.” What’s the problem with taking inerrancy to an all-or-nothing degree?

    • Blogs
  • What Is Biblical Inerrancy? (Part 1)

    April 13, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Last month, I discussed canonicity and how we got the Protestant Bible (see part 1, part 2, and part 3). This week, RTB editor Maureen Moser rejoins me for a conversation about biblical inerrancy—a topic of much debate and importance in the present age of strong skepticism.

    • Blogs
  • World Religions: The Buddha and the Christ

    April 7, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Among the world’s great religious leaders, only two had such a profound impact that contemporaries inquired as to the very nature of their being.1 People wondered whether Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) and Jesus of Nazareth (the Christ) were more than mere human beings. While both are known as great teachers and profound souls, the identity, mission, and message of these two men couldn’t be more different.

    • Blogs
  • God Incarnate: Jesus Christ’s Unique Identity

    March 30, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    There’s no denying that Jesus Christ ranks high among the most controversial figures in human history. Orthodox Christians believe that Jesus Christ is both true God (the second Person of the Trinity) and true man (the Incarnate Son of God). But that claim has not sat well with others. During His own earthly ministry people debated His identity (Mark 8:27–30). The apostles and early church fathers countered many heresies that questioned Jesus’ divinity or humanity.

    • Blogs
  • The Resurrection: Christianity’s Most Dangerous Idea

    March 23, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This line—from my favorite book in C. S. Lewis’s remarkable children’s series—makes it clear that Aslan, the Christ figure of Narnia, is no tame lion. But his being dangerous does not rule out his profound benevolence.

    • Blogs
  • More Deaths in the Name of God—or No Gods?

    March 17, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Great evil has been done in the name of Christ. This charge, a frequent objection to historic Christianity raised especially by the new atheist authors,1 typifies discussions of such historical events as the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Salem witch trials. While characterizing historic Christianity as harsh and violent, the new atheists also insist that atheism, by contrast, is a rational and peaceful belief system.

    • Blogs
  • God as the Source of Knowledge

    March 9, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Does the Bible indicate where knowledge comes from? Since evolutionary processes can’t guarantee true beliefs naturalism as a worldview faces insurmountable problems. For its part, the historic Judeo-Christian worldview asserts that God is the author of truth, logic, and the laws of nature. They are part of the “invisible furniture” of the universe, finding their source in the Creator’s very being. God’s existence is the precondition to knowledge itself.

    • Blogs
  • World Religions: The Sage and the Savior

    March 3, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Among the world’s great religious leaders, two became far-reaching moral instructors of humanity. Confucius (the sage) laid down the ethical foundation for much of Asian civilization. Jesus of Nazareth (the Savior) taught moral lessons that distinctly shaped the ethical nature of Western civilization. Yet while both became great moral teachers, the identity, mission, and message of these two influential men stand in powerful contrast.

    • Blogs
  • How We Got the Bible, Part 3

    February 24, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This week we’ll be finishing up a series on the biblical canon, a topic that has been a source of discussion, debate, and controversy since the beginning of Christianity. We’ve covered the doctrine of divine inspiration and standards for recognizing canon, as well as apocryphal literature. To conclude, RTB editor Maureen Moser and I will tackle some challenges skeptics pose to the canon and how the relationship between Scripture and church tradition can help defend Christianity from these challenges.

    • Blogs
  • How We Got the Bible, Part 2

    February 17, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Last week RTB editor Maureen Moser and I began a discussion of the biblical canon, including the doctrine of inspiration and the criteria for recognizing canon, particularly for the New Testament. But as we noted, the branches of Christendom view aspects of Scripture in different ways. This week we’ll look at the Old Testament and apocryphal literature.

    • Blogs
  • How We Got the Bible, Part 1

    February 10, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Earlier this year, scholars announced the discovery of what might be the oldest known copy of the Gospel of Mark (see here and here). A fragment of Mark’s book was found on ancient papyrus used to create a mummy mask. While more research is needed to date the fragment conclusively, the find is an exciting one. It also provides a good opportunity to talk about the book we call the Holy Bible. RTB editor Maureen Moser sat down with me to talk about the canonicity of Scripture. In this series of interviews, we’ll talk about divine inspiration, how the major branches of Christendom view Scripture, and what challenges the Bible faces from skeptics.

    • Blogs
  • World Religions: The Prince and the Lord

    February 3, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Among the world’s great religious leaders, two came to be viewed as representing almighty God in human form. In traditional Hinduism, the god Vishnu appeared or descended into human form as Krishna. In historic Christianity, Jesus Christ entered human history as God Incarnate (the God-man: a single person with both a divine and human nature). Yet while both are recognized (in some sense) as the divine in human form, the identity, mission, and message––ultimately, the hope––of these two figures is quite dissimilar.

    • Blogs
  • From the Archives: Understanding Islam in the Twenty-First Century

    January 27, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    It’s one of the fastest growing religions in the world, it’s been around since the seventh century, and it is regularly in the news—often associated with atrocities committed by its most militant members (the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the Boko Haram kidnapping of 300 girls come to mind). How can we understand Islam in the twenty-first century?

    • Blogs
  • An Elephant in the Resurrection Skeptic’s Room

    January 20, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Skeptic Richard Carrier writes, “Many things could be said which cast doubt on the story of the Resurrection of Jesus by God…since I cannot rationally bring myself to believe this story, I cannot rationally bring myself to be a Christian.” His collection of essays, entitled “Why I Don’t Buy the Resurrection,” elaborates on the reasons for his rejection of Christianity’s central tenant.1 As a volunteer apologist for RTB, I recently responded to an email requesting a rebuttal of Carrier’s arguments. His arguments aren’t new, but as I read his essays and drafted a response I felt uneasy. Was I overlooking something important?

    • Blogs
  • Understanding the Middle Ages

    January 13, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Lasting from about the fifth century AD into the fifteenth, the Middle Ages, sometimes called the age of the church, may be one of the most interesting periods of history and, at the same time, one of the most mysterious. It also faces much prejudice—people may not know a lot about the Middle Ages, but they tend to have negative opinions about it, especially as regards the Christian church’s role.

    • Blogs
  • World Religions: The Prophet and the Son of God

    January 6, 2015
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Topping my 2015 to-do list is writing my latest book, which will compare and contrast Jesus Christ with the leaders of other major world religions. I’ll be dedicating much of my time to this project—so to help keep me from being overwhelmed, Reflections will be featuring more guest author articles and editorial interviews in the coming months, all of which I hope you will find helpful and insightful.

    • Blogs
  • Five Movies to Make You Think in the New Year

    December 30, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s about entertainment. Movies certainly possess a powerful ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and challenges of daily life.

    • Blogs
  • 10 Resources on the Incarnation

    December 23, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    At Advent, we celebrate one of the distinctive features of Christianity: God made flesh. Together with the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is an essential tenet of the Christian faith yet it is also mysterious and often draws questions. Who did Jesus claim to be? How could He be both divine and human?

    • Blogs
  • Biblical Themes in “The Hobbit”

    December 16, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the third and final film in the series, releases in theaters December 17. RTB editor and fan of the book and film series Sandra Dimas stopped by my office to discuss some of the themes in The Hobbit.

    • Blogs

About Reasons to Believe

RTB's mission is to spread the Christian Gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research—including the very latest discoveries—consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature. Learn More »

Support Reasons to Believe

Your support helps more people find Christ through sharing how the latest scientific discoveries affirm our faith in the God of the Bible.

Donate Now

U.S. Mailing Address
818 S. Oak Park Rd.
Covina, CA 91724
  • P (855) 732-7667
  • P (626) 335-1480
  • Fax (626) 852-0178
Reasons to Believe logo